Recipe: Vanilla Latte Crockpot Soap

So a while back I shared a soap recipe with all of you that I made with my crockpot and a pringles can (remember that one?). And wouldn’t you know, it proved to be pretty darn popular! Maybe you’re all into the same coffee and pringles snack combination that I am (it sounds kind of gross when you say it like that, a combo, but you just can’t argue how delicious each one is so why not together! No? Okay then.) Maybe you all just love your crockpot as much as I do. Either way, it’s a great recipe for all levels of soap makers and yields a bunch of very pretty slices when you’re done, so I decided to make another version!

And I was kind of in the mood to eat an entire can of pringles- all by myself. Once you pop you can stop, right?

I contemplated changing up the entire recipe and just sticking to the method, but I really like the coffee in it as it’s great for kitchen odors and adds a great aesthetic quality to the finished product. So, I kept the coffee and did a spin on the additional scents. I LOVE a vanilla latte (I LOVE a pumpkin spice one too, but I’ve been doing a lot of pumpkin lately so I needed a change). If you’re not into vanilla, any scent that compliments coffee would work great too so experiment with what you like!

 

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Vanilla Latte Crockpot Soap

Ingredients:

12 oz. Cold Coffee
18 oz. Olive Oil
6 oz. Palm Oil
8 oz. Coconut Oil
2 tbsp. Ground Coffee (not instant)
2 tbsp. Vanilla Essential Oil
4.8 oz. Lye (Sodium Hydroxide)

Equipment:

-Crockpot
-Stainless steel or wooden spoon (just don?t use it for food when you are done. Gross!)
-Glass jar (for mixing the lye)
-Wooden skewer (again, for mixing the lye)
-Kitchen scale
-Pringles Can (yep, from those chips you devoured last night?)
-Stick Immersion Blender (if you have one- it will totally save your arm while doing all that stirring!)

What to do:

– In your glass jar, SLOWLY add the lye into coffee (DO NOT add the coffee to the lye, it will bubble and burst and cause burns! Safety is always a priority so make sure to take the extra precautions- wear gloves, put on an apron, and mix in a well-ventilated area). Stir the mixture with a wooden skewer. DO NOT inhale the fumes (wear a mask if you want to be super-duper careful). Stir until all of the lye is dissolved and set the mixture aside.

– Add the olive, coconut, and palm oil into your Crockpot and turn on high for melting.

– Once melted, pour in the lye mixture and stir with your wooden spoon to incorporate.

– Stir constantly (seriously, don’t stop stirring. Get ready for an arm workout!) until the mixture resembles thick set pudding (trace). This will take about 15-30 minutes. If you have a stick immersion blender, stir and pulse in short bursts and you should reach the proper consistency in about 5-8 minutes (this is why I said it will totally save your arm during this step! If you don’t have one, no big deal. Switch arms half way through and consider it exercise!).

– Once you reach trace put the lid on the Crockpot and let it cook for about 10 minutes. The outsides should be boiling and it should start to look like a gel.

– Stir and put the lid back on for another 5-10 minutes. After roughly 15 minutes your soap should resemble applesauce (gelled and chunky looking). Continue to stir until the mixture looks like mashed potatoes and feels waxy when a small, cooled amount is rubbed between your fingertips. Total cooking time is usually about 30 minutes.

– Finally add the almond oil and ground coffee and mix well; leaving it slightly swirled in appearance.

– Place the finished soap into the empty (and thoroughly wiped clean) Pringles container and allow to cool. Once completely cooled, simply tear off the container!

– Slice soap into 1/2 slices and enjoy!

Yes, this is a slightly more time consuming recipe, but I promise you- it’s totally worth it! Your hard work will yield more than 16 soap slices from one batch (the holiday season is here- homemade gifts anyone?)! And hey, while you’re sitting around stirring soap for the next 30 minutes or so, why not enjoy a cup of coffee. Or some Pringles. Or both. You know you’ll like it!

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